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Martinez, Abdullah Make Maxwell Award Watch List


Two Nebraska Cornhuskers have made the 2013 Maxwell Award Watch List. Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez and running back Ameer Abdullah are both on the radar for The Maxwell Award, which is given to the best college football player of the season and has been handed out since 1937. Martinez and Abdullah look to join former Nebraska running back Mike Rozier as the only Huskers to ever win the award.

Senior quarterback Taylor Martinez is poised to have a 2,000 plus passing and 1,000 yard rushing season with a loaded offense. Martinez is a long shot for the award with SEC quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and A.J. McCarron both in the running for the award. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is also on the preseason watch list.

More surprising is Ameer Abdullah appearing on the list. While the skill of Abdullah is no secret to Nebraska fans, he lived in the shadow of Rex Burkhead in 2012 despite leading the team in rushing. Abdullah should get the majority of carries from Nebraska’s backfield in 2013, and with a big season could set himself up for a Heisman run in his senior season in 2014.

Other notable Big Ten players on the Maxwell Watch List include:

  • Michigan QB Devin Gardner
  • Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde
  • Michigan T Taylor Lewan
  • Northwestern RB Venric Mark
  • Wisconsin RB James White
  • Penn State RB Zach Zwinek

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  • gus

    Taylor has come a long way as a qb and even more so as a leader but his turnovers will drop him off this list fast. He has done nothing to give me faith that he can hold on to the ball and not throw ridiculous interceptions

    • John Ackeren

      Thanks for the comment Gus. I agree, Taylor can throw some costly INT’s, but as you also mentioned, he has come a long way. It will be fun to see how much further he has grown as a quarterback after working with Steve Calhoun again.

  • gus

    I hope abdullah gets some help by another back or he might have a tough campaine also. He is not the biggest back in the world, but it sounds like we have some talented freshmen. I think the sky is the limit as long as he isnt carrying the whole backfield on his back. Fortunatly I think beck will spread the touches around plenty. Maybe a few more end arounds to turner